When I was a child my father would quiz me with the trivia question, "What's the shortest verse in the Bible?" The answer was simple and I always got it right, but he would continue to ask the question from time to time. I don't remember how often, or how many times, but enough that I remember it being repetitive. (Read to the end of this article to find out the shortest verse in the Bible.)
As an adult I have often wondered why he so often asked me that question. I lost my father when I was only 21, so I've never been able to ask him. My father's birthday was June 9th, so at this time of year I am thinking about him, missing him, and remembering little things.
Maybe there was a reason he liked that bit of trivia, "What is the shortest verse in the Bible?" The answer of course is, "Jesus wept" (John 11:35). Perhaps it was his way of telling me that Jesus understood the pain of losing a loved one ... and it's OK to cry. Maybe the verse was special to him because it comforted him at a time of grief. I don't know. But I do know that we all weep, and grieve. And, when I think of that verse, it causes me to remember that our Lord experienced the same depths of sorrow and sadness that we do, and that He comforts us in our trials and tribulations.
Scripture records three times when Jesus wept.
First, in the John 11 passage, Jesus wept when He heard of the death of His friend Lazarus. Of course Jesus knew that He could, and would, raise Lazarus back to life, but He also knew of the pain and suffering that death brings to those who lose a loved one. Death is a consequence of sin, and will always be a reminder that things on this earth are not as God intended them to be. God gave Adam and Eve His perfect love, but they succumbed to their own lusts and sin and death entered into the world. We weep when a loved one dies and Jesus wept (John 11:35) when Lazarus died ... and the next verse tells exclaims, "Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!" (John 11:36)